Content cows receiving top-notch, ”round-the-clock treatment and exhibits able to pass a “white glove” test were on display at last week”s Wisconsin Junior State Fair Dairy Show as part of the junior herdsmanship competition. Dairy youth exhibitors from 40 Wisconsin counties competed for the title of champion herdsmen.
In the large herd competition, which represents groups with 20 or more animals, 24 groups competed, with 7 earning blue ribbons. Dodge County came out on top and was followed closely by Brown, Rock, Barron, Sauk, Fond du Lac, and Wood counties, respectively.
Door County took the small herd contest, with 16 groups competing. Small herds consist of 5 to 19 animals. Also receiving blue group recognition was: La Crosse, Monroe and Marquette counties.
The groups were judged on the preparation and care of the exhibit, which includes animal care, as well as the appearance and attitude of their youth exhibitors. Herdsmanship judges represented various aspects of the dairy industry that included extension personnel, Wisconsin agriculture instructors, breed and A.I. representatives, veterinarians, dairymen, professional show people, and agricultural press.
A complete list of the results follows:
Large Herd Results
1st Blue – Dodge
2nd Blue – Brown
3rd Blue – Rock
4th Blue – Barron
5th Blue – Sauk
6th Blue – Fond du Lac
7th Blue – Wood
1st Red – Green
2nd Red – St. Croix